British Airways completes oneworld co-location at Tokyo Narita
Tuesday 26, October 2010
All oneworld member airlines serving Tokyo Narita will be operating from the same terminal from the end of this month, with British Airways transferring its operations alongside those of all its other alliance partners in Terminal 2 with effect from Sunday, 31 October.
Japan Airlines (JAL), American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Finnair and Qantas are already based in Terminal 2 at Japan's main international hub.
British Airways' move alongside them will smooth and speed connections for passengers transferring between the UK airline and its oneworld partners at Narita, which is one of oneworld's key hubs in Asia.
Between them, these five airlines operate some 750 arrivals and departures a week at Narita, connecting it non-stop with around 50 destinations worldwide.
At Terminal 2, British Airways will offer its premium customers access to JAL's lounges. Its First Class and Executive Club Gold tier members will be able to use JAL's First Class Lounge, while its Club World and Executive Club Silver tier cardholders will be offered JAL's Sakura Lounge.
British Airways' Tokyo Narita terminal switch completes one of the alliance's biggest yet airport co-location projects, which began as JAL joined the alliance three years ago.
It is the latest step by oneworld member airlines to strengthen links with their Japanese partner following its reaffirmation to the alliance in February this year.
Since then, JAL and American Airlines have agreed a proposed joint business between North America and Asia, which they aim to launch early next year. It gained a tentative green light from the authorities in the USA and final approval from the regulators in Japan earlier this month.
Meantime, JAL has expanded code-sharing with many of its oneworld partners, including American, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair and Qantas, making connections between their networks even smoother and easier still.
On the same day that British Airways moves into Tokyo Narita Terminal 2, oneworld's member airlines will also be celebrating their co-location at Tokyo Haneda, as that airport opens fully to scheduled international services.
At Haneda, oneworld's member airlines will offer:
From Haneda, JAL will from 31 October offer international service to Bangkok, Beijing, Honolulu, Hong Kong, Paris CDG, San Francisco, Seoul Gimpo, Shanghai Hongqaio, Singapore and Taipei Songshan. At the same time, Cathay Pacific will launch double dailies between the airport and its Hong Kong hub.American Airlines will inaugurate daily New York JFK services from Haneda from January, with British Airways offering flights to London Heathrow a month later.That will take oneworld's network served from the airport to 12 destinations served by 19 departures most days - more international destinations offered from Haneda than any other alliance.
oneworld aims to co-locate its member airlines within the same terminal at airports wherever its makes sense and opportunities allow. Projects have been completed at scores of airports worldwide with major initiatives completed recently at London Heathrow, Barcelona, Beijing and Shanghai.
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